There seems to be much more thought going into Christmas gifts lately and I love seeing it! Do we really need or even want more toys? I will always cherish my son's gift list the first Christmas he was really able to talk. When I asked him what he wanted for Christmas, he said, "I just want everyone to have a home." Oh, my Mama heart! Me too, Sweetheart!
|Wait, are those musk ox, Canadian geese, and an emu holding up traffic?|
And while there are things we do to give back to those in need in our community, and as much as I wish I could grant that request, we do want to get something special for our children. I've really enjoyed this rhyme I hear popping up; "Something they want, something they need, something they wear, something they read." What a practical and pleasantly limiting guide! The one thing I might add, or blend into the "something they want" is somewhere to go, but I suppose that really throws off the rhythm of it!
Last Christmas, my brother and his wife got our whole family tickets to Wildlife Safari, a game park about an hour south of us. And it was SO much fun! I felt like it was a gift, a mini-vacation, and a home school field trip all blended together! The kids are all ready asking to go back again! This was such a welcome gift!
Despite the rain, we saw such a variety of creatures from all over the world. There was even a petting farm where the kids were able to pet and feed. On the weekends, a train will take you through the park and it looked like there are always special animal encounters you can sign up for. The little ones asked so many questions and I feel like we all learned a lot. I highly recommend a visit if you get the opportunity!
The joy of this trip and the memories made caused me to start brainstorming other potential non-stuff gifts we might consider in the future. What would you add?
2. Music lessons
3. Sports fees
4. Swimming lessons
5. Horseback ride
6. County/State park pass
7. Library card (for out-of-town dwellers)
8. Theme park
9. Art lessons
10. Museum admission